Limericks for two ill-Eagles
for Mark Yabsley and Judith Earnshaw, May 2013
If you feel,
sit down to dinner,
that you ought to be fitter or thinner,
Eagles have a fine plan
and Mark Yabsley's the man
to make winners of any beginner!
But no matter how much you achieve
your youth you will never retrieve—
Mark loved running so much
it became like a...crutch—
so he stopped (but it's just gardening leave...)
By now you
Judith's marathon moment's deferred—
so until she takes wing
she's content just to sing—
the Eaglette's a Fabulous bird!*
*a reference of course to the ornithological nature of Ealing running club humour and obviously not a sexist 1970s reference to attractive young women.
Mark and Judith were each suffering long-term injuries which prevented them from running at the time they celebrated their birthdays with drinks at the Rose and Crown in Ealing. Mark co-leads the club Beginners' groups and Judith (one of the Fabulous Eaglettes in the "Fly with the Eagles" video) had been entered for her first London Marathon. Mark was on crutches for a while. He is the joint owner of a gardening business.